Technician Training Foundations

(6 customer reviews)


Build a diverse set of skills for equipment technicians with this five-day hands-on coffee technician training program.

This program includes the SCA Coffee Technicians Program Hydraulic Systems Foundation, Electrical Systems Foundation, and Water and Preventive Maintenance classes.


This comprehensive coffee equipment technician training course introduces four essential subject areas: hydraulic systems, electrical systems, preventive maintenance, and water treatment systems.

At the end of the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify common espresso machine, batch brewer, coffee grinder, and water treatment system components
  • Describe the fundamental operating principles of brewing and steam hydraulic systems, heating element, brewing, and autofill electrical circuits, and common water treatment systems
  • Describe relevant fundamental principles of hydrodynamics, electricity, preventive maintenance programs, water chemistry, and water treatment methods
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the various hazards associated with working with coffee equipment and recommended procedures for working safely
  • Demonstrate the safe and appropriate use of various hand tools, hydraulic fittings, and testing tools
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of electrical testing tools to measure voltage, continuity, and resistance
  • Demonstrate successful installation of an espresso machine
  • Demonstrate simple preventive maintenance steps for a traditional espresso machine, batch brewer, and coffee grinder

No prior experience is necessary.

Successful completion of this program, including three practical and online written exams, qualifies the learner for three Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Technicians Program certificates: Hydraulic Foundation, Electrical Foundation, and Water & Preventive Maintenance Foundation.

Course fee include all SCA Certificate Fees.

Please review our Course Conduct and Cancellation Policies before completing your registration. Paid registration for a course indicates acceptance of these policies.

Additional information

Course Location

Trail Blaze Coffee Training Center, Charlotte, NC

Class Times

Monday noon – 5pm EDT, Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm EDT

6 reviews for Technician Training Foundations

  1. Dillon E

    A highly intuitive and extremely palatable approach to getting your foot into the Technician world. Brady is knowledgable, clearly communicative and extremely patient (super important). I would recommend this course to anyone trying to get into the seemingly intimidating world of Coffee Tech.

  2. Ben V (verified owner)

    Fantastic course! I came in with high expectations and still came out with a better understanding that I had hoped. Brady does an excellent job explaining concepts and having practical examples. Could not recommend this course more.

  3. Austin B.

    This course was well laid out and, more importantly, taught by someone who has immense experience in the field. I never felt any of the course material was “filler” while at the same time we were given time to fully understand the concepts being presented. While the course is geared towards entry level technicians, which I am, I walked away feeling confident I could meet my employer’s needs for their coffee equipment. I look forward to coming back for the intermediate and professional courses! Brady is an excellent instructor and his teaching methods are spot on.

  4. Joey

    Brady does a great job of presenting the information in a way that you’ll grasp and hold onto – this is important as there’s a lot of it! Going into the course with very little experience and feeling a bit intimidated, I left confident that I’d be able to, at least, get under the hood and recognize issues/solutions to a number of common (or not so common) machine malfunctions. Brady spends as much time in each lesson as you feel you need to succeed and, since leaving, has been available to answer any questions I’ve had. Looking forward to the intermediate and advanced classes!

  5. Sebastian

    Could not recommend these classes enough! Not only because of the curriculum but for the way things are taught. Brady is an excellent teacher and person. There is some challenging material in this class but Brady was great at breaking these things down and he always had time for questions. I left this classes feeling very confident that I had actually retained all that was taught through out the week. Looking forward to taking more classes at Trail Blaze Coffee Academy!

  6. Daniel Choiseul

    Great class and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to dive into the technician side of coffee. The class was very well rounded and connected the dots between a lot of preexisting knowledge along with helping me learn about aspects in the tech works I wasn’t familiar with. Brady was super insightful and is a great resource I still tap into. Thank you Brady for this course and the continued support!

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